Peptides are one of the primary ingredients in the latest generation of skin care products. In fact, they are included in many of the products we carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care.
Many of you have asked a number of questions regarding the peptides in the most effective skin care products you use regularly. More of you than I anticipated have asked me questions such as “Why are they important in skin care?”, and “Why are they good for the skin?”.
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides carry specific messages that unlock receptors within cells and tell the cells to engage in various activities.
In skin cells, these messages from specific peptides would include orders to produce collagen, reduce pigment, or simply renew the cells themselves. When you apply peptide-rich products to your skin on a regular basis, you can impact your skin at the level of the individual cell and help your skin cells to progressively improve over time.
Peptides work with your skin’s natural composition and act as body builders for the skin, allowing it to become healthier and stronger. In general, the specific and targeted messages carried by peptides aim to heal and regenerate cells that have been damaged and increase collagen synthesis to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Many of the peptides address specific problems in precise locations on the skin.
Our Ultra Benefits Eye Gel is an example of one of our skin care products that is rich in peptides. This gel contains a tetra peptide, which reduces inflammation and fluid accumulation in the skin. This effect have been shown to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
One of our newest products, Copper DNA Repair, is another great example of a peptide-rich skin care product. It stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, the engines of collagen production within the skin.
The specific copper peptide also acts as a growth factor messenger. It basically tells the cells to produce more collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother skin with fewer lines and improved texture.
One problem with peptides is that they are tricky to formulate into skin care products. They can’t just be added to an established product and still be functional.
Peptide size needs to be formulated so that your skin can actually absorb them. If they are too big, they will simply sit on the surface and not do you any good.
In addition, the pH or the acidity of the product needs to be adjusted in order for the peptides to be optimally effective and be able to be absorbed by your skin. All of the products containing peptides at Maine Laser Skin Care are formulated with the expertise of certified dermatologists for maximal benefit for you and your skin.
Peptide-rich serums generally can be used morning and night for maximal benefit. At night, they should be applied after washing off makeup and sunscreen and lightly patted into the surface.
In the morning, the peptides should be applied first and allowed to be absorbed. Then, your moisturizer and sunscreen can be applied after.
If used twice a day, results from peptides will build up over time but can be seen even as early as the first week. Continuing to use peptides for at least one month will brighten and tighten your skin, diminishing many of the visible signs of aging.
If you would like to order the products mentioned above, you can click on the links and order them through our website store. You can also call us at (207) 873-2158 to discuss the products and your skin with Denise Gidney, our aesthetician and expert on all of our products.
Even better, you can call to schedule a free consultation with Denise so she can analyze your skin in person and recommend the best combination of products for you. At the time of your consult, it is always a good idea to bring along the skin care products you currently use for analysis as well.